Marathon   (see below for 24 hour Challenge)

Australia has many long rivers well suited for Marathon canoeing with races conducted over distances of 10 km and greater. There are various levels of competition for marathon paddlers at all levels from new paddlers to experienced veterans. The pinnacle of Marathon Paddling is at an international level  and a good summary was provided by OTV's show Race Day. The show is on YouTube in two Parts:

National Championships are raced over various distances depending on age category. The races are organised in traditional canoe classes e.g. K1’s, C1's and TK1’s, TC2's etc. The 2015 National championships were hosted by Burley Griffin Canoe Club and were be conducted by Australian Canoeing, PaddleNSW and BGCC. The Nationals are traditionally held in Autumn, with the 2019 Nationals to be held on 17 - 19 May, on the Swan River in Perth, hosted by the Ascot Kayak Club.

State Championships are also held in age categories and traditional canoe classes as for Nationals. Details for the State Championships can be found by clicking on the PaddleNSW web-site. The 2019 State Singles-boats Champs will held on the Molonglo River as part of the Marathon Series Race 1 on Saturday 2nd March, hosted by BGCC. The Doubles-boats Champs will be held on the Lane Cove River as part of the Marathon Series Race 4 on Sunday 14th April, hosted by LCKC.

Coming Races in 2019:

Sat - Sun 23 -24 Feb MMCC Frank Harrison Races  Albury Frank Harrison Entry
Saturday 2 March BGCC PNSW Race 1 & Singles Champs  Race 1 Entry
Sunday 3 March BGCC BG Bash races Burley Griffin Bash entry
Saturday 23 March SSCC PNSW Race 2 Woronora River  
Sunday 31 March CCP PNSW Race 3 Tacoma  
 Sunday 14 April  LCRK  PNSW Race 4 & Doubles Champs  
 Saturday 27 April  Bonus  Batemans Bay Challenge  
Sat -Sun 8 - 9 Dec BGCC 24 Hour Paddling Challenge  


The Paddle NSW Marathon Series is conducted by PaddleNSW and is a series of races conducted in eastern NSW. BGCC were the series champions for 2012,13, 14 and 15 and are keen to regain the title again. The calendar for the 2019 series is below with more details on the  PaddleNSW website. This series is divisional, based on your previous results so  you are always competing against paddlers of similar ability.  This is a good format for both novice and experienced paddlers.


The Burley Griffin Bash is run to the  on the Sunday of the weekend of our Marathon Series race. 2019 will be the 43rd time for the race to be conducted. These races will be on Sunday 3rd March, 2019.  This year there will be races over distances of 30 km and 2, 5 and 13 km for the Mini-Bash, with all but the 3 km going out onto Lake Burley Griffin - weather dependent!

BGCC also conducts the 24 Hour Paddle Challenge. This race is paddled over a 4.5 km course on the Molonglo River from the club house. Paddlers have a choice of competing as individuals or in various relay teams. The race is open to all forms of paddle craft. The 2019 24 hour Challenge is to be held over the weekend of 8th - 9th December.

BGCC members have a long history of attending a number of classic long-distance races which include:

  • Murray River Marathon (404 km over 5 days) The Murray Marathon race, one of the longest annual ultra-marathon paddling events in the world, has taken place annually since 1969. The race is along the Murray River form Yarrawonga to Swan Hill. The Massive Murray Marathon Web-site for information about the race and how to enter. It is being conducted in the last full week in November (19 - 23 November, 2018), with full distance, half distance, 1, 2 and 3-day options as well as shorter distances for junior paddlers.
  • The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic is an interesting race held in late October each year (27/10/19) with most of the paddling taking place overnight. One of our founding members, John Harmer, has paddled in each of the 42 events held so far. See the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic Web-site for information about the race and how to enter. Since 2016, a shorter "Dash"option of 65 km (Windsor to Wisemans Ferry) is available, as well as the "proper" full 111 km from Windsor to Mooney Mooney.  This year there will be a Relay option for the first time.
  • The Myall Classic is a race which is often used as practice for the Hawkesbury and Murray marathons. It starts and finishes at Tea Gardens, Central Coast. It was on the 22nd of Sept, 2018 and has race distances of 12, 27 and 47 km. Go to PaddleNSW's event page for more details.
  • Riverland Paddling Marathon Hosted by the Marathon Canoe Club of SA for 28 years the Riverland Paddling Marathon (RPM) is not just a marathon it is a festival of paddling marathons with 6 possible events over 3 days on 1 weekend in the chilly month of June each year. Every June long weekend paddlers from all over the country gather on the Murray River in South Australia's beautiful Riverland to meet, greet and most importantly to paddle. The dates for 31st RPM will be 8th, 9th & 10th June, 2019.


24 Hour Paddling Challenge 2019

Weekend of 8th – 9th December, 2019

Hosted by BGCC at Molonglo Reach, Morshead Drive, Campbell, ACT

This year we are again planning for a low-key event. BYO: everything. Shelter tents permitted in a limited area, not under trees. We are not trying to raise lots of funds for any charities, but if you feel like donating for the BGCC to pass on to an appropriate organisation helping drought-affected farming families – all monies will be gratefully received!There will be a collection box on site as well.

Entries:           TBA

Entry Fee:      $30 up to 26th November;       $50 between 27th - 20th November;  Very late Entry! $60 to 8 a.m. on 8th December

Course:           4.7 km loop course on Molonglo River

Briefing:         9:00 a.m.

Start Time:     9:30 a.m., Saturday 8th December, 2019

Finish Time:   9:30 a.m., Sunday 9th December, 2019

Enter As:        Solo; Team of maximum 4x boats (competitive); or any number of boats (fun); single or double boats

Early Morning Tranquillity, Molonglo Reach, 26th November, 2006.

Paddler Safety: There will be a safety boat stationed at the start/finish area, but paddler safety is to be by paddlers caring for anyone in need of assistance on or in the water. Paddlers are all to have at all times out on the water: a pea-less whistle, readily available to relay a message along the river that the safety boat is needed – either upstream or downstream of the start. Any time spent in assisting another paddler in difficulties will be allowed for in the distance paddled.

From Sunset: lap starting at or after 7:30 p.m.: all paddlers must wear a lifejacket, with a torch and space blanket attached, along with their readily available whistle. All paddlers must have lights on stem and stern of their craft. Cyalumes will be provided for paddlers to use.

Amenities: BGCC Club Shed has warm showers; there are public toilets; a club barbecue will be available and if enough interest is shown, a thick soup can be provided. The club kitchen has a fridge and kettle and pod-coffee drink-maker.

Camping: is not permitted - but "Shelter Tents" are. (So nothing too elaborate please!) There will be designated shelter tent areas - please do not set up camp just anywhere.

Enquiries to: Helen Tongway